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 n. The difference in phase shift between two characteristic polarizations of light upon reflection from an interface. Retardance can be reported in the Abelès or Mueller conventions. The retardance phase shift angle is often specified in degrees.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
 n. A numerical constant, proportional to the capacity and resistance of a telephoneline, which gives the maximum distance over which speech may be successfully transmitted.
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They increase the time constant and introduce a slowness which may be called retardance, for they diminish the rate at which currents can be transmitted.

By rotating this piece and flipping it around we can make the four measurements needed to get the retardance and birefringence.

All the software really does is load the images, process all the algorithms for the math using Mueller matrices and Stokes vectors and stuff and then stores all the retardance values along with its orientation into a matrix.

The only thing that might be of a retardance in that is using of this in political  using of this variable in domestic politics.

This is done in telephony, and hence we obtain the law of retardance, or the law by which we can calculate the distance to which speech is possible.

The whole retardance, and, therefore, the speed of working the circuit or the clearness of speech, is given, by the equation

Now the retardance due to electromagnetic inertia increases directly with the amount of electromagnetic inertia present, but it diminishes with the amount of resistance of the conductor.

The "headon" resistance is the retardance the aeroplane meets in passing through the air, and is counted in square feet.

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